Two people are enjoying one of the Wellbeing Walks and are walking through the countryside along a flattened grass path through a field of long grass, with trees in the background.

Wellbeing Walks is England’s Largest Network of Health Walks

Active Devon supports the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Network and over the years we have encouraged thousands of people across Devon to walk more and lead a more active lifestyle.

Walking Can Make a Difference to Your Health and Wellbeing

Walking is really good for us. It’s a low impact exercise, so it’s easy for you to get involved, even if you’re not feeling your best. In fact, it could help you feel much better. It can help improve mental and physical wellbeing, making us feel happier and healthier.

Many people start walking to improve their health but find it easy to keep coming back because of all the new friends they’ve made. So, as well as all the physical health benefits, walking in groups is also great for your social life.

If you have a health condition and would like to walk more, the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks website has some really helpful information.

Free, Inclusive and Accessible Wellbeing Walks

Active Devon supports Ramblers Wellbeing Walks by working with partners to coordinate wellbeing walks across Devon.

There are a range of different level walks. The walks are short and over easy terrain and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active. The walks are also supported by specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.

To find upcoming Wellbeing Walks in Devon that we have specifically coordinated, go to the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Devon page on the Ramblers website. You can also access this page by typing ‘Devon’ in the ‘Find a Wellbeing Walk Group’ search box.

Alternatively, to find all Wellbeing Walks in Devon, go to the Wellbeing Walks page and use the search box to search for a place.

Top Tips to Stay Motivated

If you’ve started walking, that’s great. We do understand though that sometimes with other commitments and personal circumstances it’s a challenge to keep it going. To help you stay motivated, here’s some top tips:

  • Set realistic goals
  • Take on a challenge
  • Share the experience with friends or family, instead of walking alone
  • Find new routes to explore
  • Take time to enjoy the wonderful natural environments
  • Track your progress and…
  • Join in with a regular walking group

Become a Walk Leader and Help Others

If you’re a keen walker and would enjoy helping others in your community to get healthy and active, then becoming a walk leader might be for you.

There are some great benefits to becoming a walk leader. Training takes less than a day and ongoing support, guidance and access to Wellbeing Walks resources is provided afterwards. You’ll get an opportunity to learn and develop new skills. You’ll also get a chance to meet new people, discover more of your local area, spend time outdoors and be active yourself.

If you’re interested in becoming a walk leader, we’d love to hear from you. Go to our Walk Leader Training in Devon page, where you’ll find more information, along with an Expression of Interest Form.

Benefits of Walking. Here’s What Barbara Says:

Barbara joined our Torrington Library Wellbeing Walk:

“I’ve really enjoyed the walks and made some nice friends. It gets me out and it gets me walking. You’re with like-minded people, and, even if you’re feeling a bit anxious or maybe have some physical problems, you know you’re safe and everyone is there to support you. It gives you a reason to get up and get out, and makes you feel better for the rest of the day. I feel like I belong now. It’s done me the power of good and has been a saving grace.”  

Read more of Barbara’s story How a Weekly ‘Walk and Talk’ Can Help to Alleviate Stress and Anxiety.